Economic Development & Entrepreneurship
- Greenfill Development: A Guide to Repurposing Vacant Lots for Flower Farming Enterprises
The Guide is the first of its kind, and helps identify how community groups can grow crops on vacant land and generate enough money to not only pay for the taxes, insurance, and long-term maintenance of the lots, but also supplement other community programs.
- Crowdfunding Resources
This booklet includes go-to websites, helpful glossary terms, and quick guides on crowdfunding basics. This project was made possible through the generous support of the Michigan State Bar Foundation.
- Crowdfunding for Nonprofits: Legal Considerations for 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Organizations
This guide is intended to provide information for nonprofit/tax exempt or social enterprise organizations interested in crowdfunding. This project was made possible through the generous support of the Michigan State Bar Foundation. A special thank you to our authors: Daimeon Cotton of Cotton Law Center, PLLC; Anthony Frasca of Dykema; and Kate Redman of Olson, Bzdok & Howard.
- Crowdfunding for the Entrepreneur: A Guide for Small Businesses in Michigan
Crowdfunding can help small businesses raise seed money and nonprofits fund campaigns to power programs and community projects. This guide is intended to provide entrepreneurs and small business owners with information on some of the legal issues surrounding investment crowdfunding. This project was made possible through the generous support of the Michigan State Bar Foundation. A special thank you to our authors: Jeff Aronoff of Sidewalk Ventures; Elizabeth Dahl McGregor of Liz DMG Law; D. Richard McDonald of Dykema; and Zan Nicolli of Dickinson Wright.
- Crowdfunding & Local Investing: A Guide for Investors in Michigan
This guide is intended to provide information about different types of crowdfunding and local investing available in Michigan. This project was made possible through the generous support of the Michigan State Bar Foundation. A special thank you to our authors: Angela Barbash of Revalue; Thomas Coke of Campus Starter.
- Integrated Strategic Plan for the Mt. Elliot Employment District
This report summarizes the foundational strategies and recommendations related to major infrastructure systems, programmatic elements, financing and organizational capacity that support the District’s vision.
- Southwest Detroit Business Association Marketing Materials
In 2015, MCR was contacted by Southwest Detroit Business Association to assist with the development of multiple instruments that can be used to attract and promote neighborhood commercial development.
- Grand River Commercial Vacancy and Market Analysis
The Grandmont Rosedale Community Development Corporation (GRDC) approached MCR to assist with a Commercial Vacancy and Market Analysis in the summer of 2013. MCR made findings related to vacancy and ownership, business mix, retail gap and commuting patterns. In addition, specific recommendations were made that included targeted corridor development strategies and future evaluation of commercial development.
- Revitalizing the Corridor: An Analysis of Commercial Markets in Detroit Neighborhoods – Prepared for ProsperUS Detroit
Prepared by MCR in partnership with ProsperUS Detroit, this report focuses on the five ProsperUS Detroit Target Areas including Cody Rouge, Grandmont Rosedale, the Lower Eastside, the North End, and Southwest Detroit. It provides information to place-based organization about how to attract, grow, and retain businesses in their community, as well as provide critical information to the ProsperUS enterpreneurs so that they may strategically site their businesses. Each individual chapter and executive summary is listed below.